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Maryland program helps residents install cleanest stoves on the market

Posted by Earth Stove on March 31, 2017 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,
Chris Clark manages the clean wood and
pellet stove program for the Maryland
Energy Administration.
A Maryland renewable energy rebate program established in 2012 has provided assistance to nearly 3,000 to purchase and install cleaner, modern wood and pellet stoves.  The program was designed to help rural families, who were least likely to benefit from solar and other renewable energy programs.
The state has invested $ 1.88 million dollars, or an average of $ 664 per home.  The average purchase and installation costs of a stove is often around $ 3,800, so the state would be providing less than 20% of the price tag for a significant reduction in a home’s annual fossil fuel footprint.
The Maryland Energy Administration who manages a suite of renewable energy incentives runs the program.  With this program, the MEA cannot exactly track the amount of fossil fuel that the program has reduced, which hinders the ability of regulators to track data as they can with the solar and other rebate programs.
Of the 2,845 stoves purchased through the program, 2,425 or 85% were pellet stoves.  To be eligible, pellet stoves have to emit 2 grams an hour or less, and wood stoves 3 grams an hour or less, well below the federal EPA limit of 4.5 grams an hour.  Pellet stoves are eligible for a $ 700 grant and wood stoves $ 500.

Rebate data provided by MEA
“We are pleased that this program steers so many people towards pellet stoves and ensures that the installation is done professionally,” said John Ackerly, President of the Alliance for Green Heat, a Maryland based group that worked with MEA to establish the program. 
Only residents who do not have access to natural gas are eligible for the grant, which as a result helps families in rural areas who rely on more expensive fossil heating fuels.  New York also adopted this innovative approach, and only provides incentives to homes that are not on the natural gas grid.  A 2013 analysis of the program by the Alliance for Green Heat found that it was helping less affluent families to reduce fossil fuel use.
The program does not require residents to turn in an old, uncertified wood stove to participate in the program.  However, some retailers report that nearly half of their customers who use this program turn in an old stove that is recycled. 
During 2015, the program experienced its highest participation rates, providing grants for 1,036 stoves, 904 of which were pellet stoves. 

“A $ 3,000 pellet stove installation can reduce fossil fuel usage by as much as a $ 15,000 array of solar panels,” said Ackerly.  “And increasingly, we see families who have solar panels also installing pellet stoves so that they can use renewable energy for both their electric and heating needs,” he added.

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HHT and Ravelli concur to launch performance for 5 stoves

Posted by Earth Stove on October 5, 2016 with No Commentsas , , , ,
In reaction to a Independence of Information Act request filed by the Alliance for Inexperienced Warmth, Fireside &amp Residence Technologies (HHT) and Ravelli unveiled real effectiveness figures for many of their common pellet stove models.&nbsp Efficiencies ranged from fifty six% to 76%.
Wooden and pellet stoves certified after May 2015 must take a look at for and disclose their performance to consumers, as necessary by new EPA restrictions. Prior to these restrictions, stove producers claimed that any accessible performance information was private and they usually did not give it to consumers.&nbsp Nevertheless, several organizations provided the performance information to the EPA as element of the certification process.&nbsp
The Alliance for Environmentally friendly Warmth, based on its legal counsel, argued that the EPA could not keep effectiveness knowledge it gathered prior to May possibly 2015 private since it was based mostly on emission knowledge, and emissions data can’t be private.&nbsp In July 2015 the EPA declined to launch the efficiencies to the Alliance, in keeping with its longstanding apply that they would hold all data private if it was submitted as Private Business Details (CBI). &nbsp
At first, the Alliance experienced questioned for the weighted typical efficiency as nicely as the effectiveness from each and every of the 4 burn charges that labs use to take a look at stoves.&nbsp The Alliance agreed to drop the ask for for the individual burn price efficiencies and only request the average.&nbsp Primarily based on that adjust, HHT and Ravelli agreed to allow the EPA to launch their effectiveness figures to the Alliance with some conditions.
The EPA provided a closing reaction with a data sheet (pdf) hooked up.&nbsp The performance figures (HHV based on B415.1) from that knowledge sheet are:
Organization&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Model&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Effectiveness
HHT&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Accentra 52i insert&nbsp &nbsp seventy six%
HHT &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Mt Vernon E2&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp seventy five%
HHT&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Mt Vernon AE&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspseventy one%
Ravelli&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp RV100&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp70%
Ravelli&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp RV80&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspfifty six%
The Alliance asked for effectiveness data for these certain models, together with numerous other folks, due to the fact we have been in the process of independently tests a assortment of pellet stoves.&nbsp The Alliance was also attempting to encourage the EPA to change their coverage and disclose all effectiveness knowledge, even if that performance information had been marked as Private Organization Details.&nbsp The Alliance argued &nbsp&nbsp
The Ravelli RV80 was tested at
fifty six% efficiency by a EPA
accredited test lab.

that performance was of these kinds of standard significance to shoppers and that maintaining it confidential served no valuable goal. That try was unsuccessful. &nbspThe Alliance is not appealing.

The 5 freshly unveiled real effectiveness figures are not incorporated on the EPA’s record of qualified stoves, the place about 20% of the stoves have real efficiencies outlined. &nbspExcept for a single of the Ravelli’s, these five stoves all have about average or above common efficiencies.&nbsp&nbsp The Ravelli RV80 is only fifty six% successful.&nbsp Nearly all stoves assert to be seventy five% successful to be qualified for the $ three hundred federal tax credit, and EPA listing or disclosure that reveals the stove is not even 60% successful does not appear to deter companies from continuing to claim eligibility for the tax credit rating.&nbsp &nbsp

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Downdraft Wooden Stoves: Consumers Beware

Posted by Earth Stove on September 21, 2016 with No Commentsas , , , ,

The simplicity of the non-catalytic stove helps make it the most well-known sort of stove in North The united states by much.&nbsp With most non-cats, the buyer only requirements to fret about a one lever to regulate the quantity of air in the firebox.&nbsp But some shoppers unwittingly buy a extremely unique sort of non-cat, […]

Wooden and pellet stoves with true efficiency quantities

Posted by Earth Stove on June 18, 2016 with No Commentsas , , , , ,

The following seventy one wood and pellet stoves have been tested by accredited laboratories for efficiency. Buyers should consider acquiring 1 of these stoves if they want a stove that has a trustworthy effectiveness value. &nbspHowever, with wood stoves, the shown efficiency signifies what shoppers can get if they use dry wooden and give the […]

Performance of Popular Pellet Stoves

Posted by Earth Stove on April 2, 2016 with No Commentsas , , ,

This is an except of a much longer, and more technical paper by Prof. Gael Ulrich’s -“BioCombustion Institute Bulletin #3.” Gael calculated the efficiency of six popular pellet stoves, finding a wide difference.  The highest, the Italian made Piazzetta Sabrina was 76% efficient and the lowest was the Enviro M55 Insert at 51% efficient.  In […]

Study of pellet stoves shows environmental advantages – and corporate exaggerations

Posted by Earth Stove on October 27, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,

An independent assessment of popular pellet stoves conducted by the Alliance for Green Heat  found that pellet stoves, unlike most wood stoves, can achieve low levels of emissions in real world settings that are in line with laboratory results.    The Alliance for Green Heat ran a battery of tests on popular pellet stoves designed […]

Old-timey wood stoves need to get new-timey if we really want to make use of them

Posted by Earth Stove on July 19, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,

Monday, December 8, 2014Nashua Telegraphby David Brooks Tom Butcher from Brookhaven Lab,second from right, tests an automated stove from New Zealand. Ben Myren,left, did R&D work on it. I don’t think very hard when I light up the old wood-burning stove in my basement. Turns out, that might be a problem. “Combustion technology is incredibly complex. […]

EPA Declines to Release Efficiency Data on Wood Pellet Stoves

Posted by Earth Stove on July 18, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

On Thursday, the EPA said it would not release efficiency data on pellet stoves, one of the most popular renewable energy technologies in American homes.  About one million homes use pellet stoves in the United States, yet none of the major stove manufacturers disclose the tested efficiency of their products.  The EPA recently set stricter […]

Technology Design Challenge to Promote Top Performing Pellet Stoves

Posted by Earth Stove on June 24, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

A yearlong project to test and assess pellet stoves is entering its first phase this summer.  This first phase focuses on the most popular pellet stoves in North America and aims to help consumers identify the most efficient stoves and how best to operate them. The initiative is being led by the Alliance for Green […]

Outdated-timey wooden stoves want to get new-timey if we really want to make use of them

Posted by Earth Stove on December 9, 2014 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

Monday, December 8, 2014Nashua Telegraphby David Brooks Tom Butcher from Brookhaven Lab,second from right, tests an automated stove from New Zealand. Ben Myren,left, did R&D work on it. I don’t think very hard when I light up the old wood-burning stove in my basement. Turns out, that might be a problem. “Combustion technology is incredibly complex. […]